Thursday, 27 August 2009

Jack McDuff ”Tough ‘Duff”

Jack McDuff

Tough ‘Duff
( LP Prestige Records, 1960 )
Catalog # PRLP 7185

Also reissued on vinyl as Prestige PR 7814
And as Fantasy OJC 324, OJCCD 324-2

* 1. Smooth Sailing
* 2. Mean To Me
* 3. Tippin’ In
* 4. Yeah, Baby
* 5. Autumn Leaves
* 6. Tough ‘Duff

Personnel & Credits:
Jimmy Forrest (ts)
Lem Winchester (vib)
Brother Jack McDuff (org)
Bill Elliot (d)
Produced by Esmond Edwards
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 12, 1960

By Scott Yanow (AMG)
Organist Jack McDuff’s second set as a leader teams him with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest, vibraphonist Lem Winchester (an unusual addition for this type of soul-jazz set), and drummer Bill Elliott. This [LP] finds the group playing fairly basic material, including a pair of McDuff originals, “Smooth Sailing” and “Autumn Leaves.” McDuff, Forrest, and Winchester have no difficulty chewing up the chord changes, and although no real surprises occur, the results are typically swingin’ and groovin’.

Other Notes:
Jack McDuff switched from bass to organ in the 1950s and left near-poverty in Chicago for fame and celebrity in New York. Featured first with Willis Jackson and then with his own band, McDuff built a huge following almost immediately.
Tough ‘Duff, his second LP as a leader, was the first of two meetings with Jimmy Forrest. Their organ/tenor interplay is remarkable throughout; Forrest is at the top of his game. The program is solid mainstream fare which leads to a minimum of confusion and maximum of swing.
With Lem Winchester, Bill Elliot.

By Pier

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